At Camp Rockefeller, we know that it is critically important to get scouts started off right. That is why we have prioritized ROCKS, our curriculum for Scouts who have not yet attended a summer camp, as our most important program. We make sure that these new Scouts...
The mountain biking program is a challenging and physically strenuous five-day program involving over fifty miles of increasingly difficult, roads and trails. This is a strenuous activity and is recommended only for those persons in good physical condition. This program is for older scouts- at least 13 years old or 12 years old and First Class.
The scouts in the program work toward the Cycling merit badge, including instruction on proper riding technique, trail etiquette, safety, maintenance, and repair. The only requirement which scouts may be unable to complete is requirement nine.
Scouts bringing their own bikes must also bring a helmet and an extra inner tube. If a Scout brings his own bike, it must be a substantial off-road bike and must meet the review by the Mountain Biking Director. The Mountain Biking Director will disqualify any bike that does not appear substantial enough to handle the very rough terrain over which this activity covers. All scouts must have sufficient water.
C.O.P.E. (Challenging Outdoor Personal Experience) consists of a series of elements and challenges designed to foster problem solving skills, leadership, teamwork, and group interaction. Seven key goals are developed during this experience: Leadership, Trust, Communication, Teamwork, Self Esteem, Problem Solving, and Decision Making.
These goals are accomplished through a challenge by choice program designed to encourage the group to work together, communicate with each other, and trust the group decision as they attempt a solution to the objective.
Held at the Randy Wilborn COPE Course, the C.O.P.E. program generally consists of Initiative Games, Low Course Elements, and High Course Elements.
The Cowboy Action Shooting program offers a fun and safe introduction to cowboy action shooting with pistols, rifles, and shotguns. In various old-time western scenarios, Scouts play “good guys” who prove their accuracy by shooting at things like spinning metal targets where they hit the spinner to “ring the bell.” All shooters choose their own cowboy action names before starting so the NRA instructors—dressed in cowboy attire—can call them by those names.
While we believe that summer camp is more about memories than merit badges, Camp Rockefeller still offers tons of opportunities to earn merit badges. In fact, in 2019 we offered over 50 different merit badge classes including 13 that were Eagle required.
Of course there are the usual suspects like Swimming, Camping, Archery and Rifle Shooting but some unusual ones are also available like Cycling, Kayaking, Fly-fishing, Graphic Arts, Inventing, Journalism, and Music.
We’ve also got some really special options like the STEM classes Designed to Crunch, Shoot, Start your Engines and Whoosh! Add to that Stand Up Paddleboarding, Snorkeling and Scuba and you’ve got all the makings of a summer camp to remember!
We’re still finalizing the program offerings for 2020 so check back later at CampRockefeller.Org to get detailed class info.
The Quapaw Lodge will host all members of the Order of the Arrow on Monday night following dinner, outside of the Trading. Order of the Arrow members are also encouraged to wear the OA sash Friday evening through closing campfire. Remember that the OA sash is only worn with the full uniform.
During the closing campfire Friday night, the Quapaw Lodge will call out the new members selected during unit elections. The unit elections must have occurred between January and May of 2019. If you are attending Camp Rockefeller from out of council and would like your Scouts called out this night, then you must bring a signed letter from your council stating that we may call your Scouts out.
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